Redistricting Public Input Begins In June

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Gila County’s Redistricting Advisory Committee is tentatively scheduled to start getting public input on redrawing the boundaries of the supervisor and community college board districts next month.

At the May 10 meeting of the committee, Linda Eastlick, director of elections for the county, provided members with a timeline for their tasks.

“No action was taken on the timeline, it’s just a guide,” Eastlick said.

She added that in order to get the redistricting plan reviewed by the Department of Justice, the process needs to stick to the schedule as closely as possible.

Before Gila County can have new districts for voting in 2012, the DOJ must approve the proposal.

Schedule of activities

The following is the schedule of activities Eastlick presented to the RAC:

• First round of public meetings on district boundaries — the weeks of June 6 and June 13

• RAC works on public input, delivers recommendations to consultants for review — June 15 through July 15

• Second round of public meetings — the weeks of July 18 and July 25

• Submission of proposals to consultants — August

• Consultants create DOJ submission — August and September

• Review of boundary plans by college board and supervisors — September

• Plans submitted to DOJ — Sept. 21

Once the plans are in DOJ hands, officials there have 60 days to review and either approve as submitted or make recommendations for revisions.

The goal is to have the final new boundaries approved by the DOJ by Jan. 15, 2012.

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